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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Thousands of protestors in Central Rome raised their voice against the extension of the COVID-19 health pass system.
  • To disperse the crowd, the police fired water cannons, and used tear gas.
  • Sources claimed that nearly 10,000 people were angered by the government’s push to make green passes mandatory in the workplace.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups protested in central Rome. They raised their voice against the extension of the COVID-19 health pass system to all workplaces. The health pass has been a requirement to enter museums, sporting events, and restaurants.

During the protest, there was a riot with the police. Despite the march being authorised, more than hundred protestors broke off from the main column and tried to march to the parliament. To disperse the crowd, the police fired water cannons, and used tear gas. On the other hand, a separate protest took place in the capital and others in the northern city of Milan and Cesena, central Italy.

Sources claimed that nearly 10,000 people were angered by the government’s push to make green passes mandatory in the workplace. They also demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi. They shouted, “No to Green Pass. Freedom! Freedom!”

The protest also witnessed the demonstrators throwing firecrackers at police. Prime Minister Draghi called the labour union’s boss, Maurizio Landini, to express his solidarity and condemn violent protests that swept the country.

Back in September, Italy made the COVID-19 green pass mandatory for all people in the job market, both private and public sectors. PM Draghi had announced that the digital certificates scheme would be extended to all places of work from October 15 and any employees refusing to comply will face suspension without pay.

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